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Published: December 27th 2009
I finally backed out of my driveway at 10:57 am on Saturday, December 26, 2009. Earlier in the morning I had breakfast with a good friend of mine, loaded up the car, washed the dishes, and made arrangements for my trash and rent payments.
As soon as I got on the road, a stream of ideas started flooding my exhilarated brain. Here are a few of them... I realized why I like to travel. You see, traveling is like a new beginning in life. I am not talking about a weekend trip to visit friends. No, I am talking about a little more lengthy travel--a week or more camping etc. When you travel for a longer time, you have to pack your whole life into a suitcase or a car. In fact, what is left at home is more or less is expendable. In that sense, a trip is like a lifetime in itself. That's why I like to take road-trips--it is an opportunity to re-work your life into something more happy and more to the point.
More than meditation or prayer, or alcohol--travel has an amazing ability to alter my consciousness for the better. Maybe it is the
sense of purpose that is bound to every trip, even a seemingly purposeless one.
I took my first break in Santa Barbara and decided to buy sunglasses since I no longer my previous pair. Buying sunglasses is always a big ordeal for me but I got used to it. I was able to pick out a pair in 5 or 10 minutes and $20 later I was off to Panda Express to get some yummy Chinese food.
My second stop was at Sanford Winery in/near Buellton. Even though the day was gloomy and I was not sure if I felt like stopping to do a wine tasting, I finally decided that I have nothing to lose. I turned off the highway and picked up Santa Rosa road that I knew led to Sanford. Regrettably, the tasting was a disappointment due to poor wines, a lack of good customer service, and a lack of company.
Despite the little setback at the winery, the day has been very enjoyable and I reached Morro Bay shortly after sunset. In a few minutes, I will head to a local bar for a beer and get some good night sleep since tomorrow
I will be driving through my beloved Big Sur area.
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